Bishop Routs SCC

Straughn goes for 43 in victory

STEUBENVILLE — Bishop Donahue standout Taylor Straughn went off for 43 points in the Bishops’ 74-53 victory against Steubenville Catholic on Friday night in the Mickey Barber Gymnasium. Straughn, a two-time first team all-state honoree, knocked down six 3-pointers and scored 24 of the team’s 29 points in the third quarter.

Bishop Donahue held a 28-27 lead at halftime.

“We were right there at halftime,” Bishops coach Tom Wise said. “It was one-and-done for them right away in the second half. We didn’t give them any extra opportunities and I’m proud of our defense and rebounding effort.”

However, this game truly belonged to Straughn.

“You can’t replicate Taylor,” Wise said. “He’s big enough to get shots off whenever he wants to. We had some other guys step up when they were needed, so it really was an overall team effort tonight.

“He’s probably going to break the school record for points this year. He’s a very unassuming young man. He’s a leader and he’s unselfish. He makes the players around him better. They’re not watching him as much, they are participating right along with him.”

Steubenville Catholic coach Chris Tarquinio started with a man-to-man defense early on, but couldn’t match up directly with Straughn. Really, though, there was nobody stopping his hot hand.

“There were times that we were in his face and he was knocking them down,” Tarquinio said. “The kid was hitting 28-footers with a hand in his face. He’s a great player and a great young man. He beat us. We weathered the storm in the first half, but he came out like a man on a mission in the third quarter and beat us. Sometimes, you just lose to great players.

“We switched to a zone and tried a couple different looks. Straughn just beat us.

“There’s not much more to say.”

For the Bishops (4-1), Logan Rucku added 17 points in his first start of the season. Anthony Robbins added 10 points.

Jake Bolger had a team-high 12 points for the Crusaders (4-2) and Donnie Vanderborne added 10. Nate Kilonsky and A.J. Connor each had eight points.

“We didn’t run the offense well and we didn’t move it like we did in previous games,” Tarquinio said. “We shot the ball poorly.”

On Dec. 9, Catholic Central went down to McMechen and earned a 67-65 win over the Bishops.

“We played well down there and earned that win,” Tarquinio said. “We deserved that win down there, just like they came up here and deserved to win tonight.”

Added Wise, “We’re playing harder and that’s what it comes down to.”

John Marshall 63, Brooke 53

WELLSBURG — Logan Grimm hit six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 points and Gunner Thompson chipped in with 18 as John Marshall kept rival Brooke winless.

Evan Cuomo paced the Bruins (0-5) with 22 points.

Wheeling Park 64, Preston 49

KINGWOOD — Jack Stakem led three players in double figures with a game-high 21 points and Wheeling Park hit 25 of 36 free throws in a victory against Preston.

Brian Goodwin added 12 for the Patriots (2-2) while Keondre King contributed 10 points and six rebounds.

Hayden Park paced the Knights (0-4) with 11 points.

Cameron 67, Bridgeport 44

CAMERON — Trey Routt recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds as Cameron evened its record with a victory against Bridgeport.

Travis Mickey added 11 points and five assists for the Dragons (3-3).

Guy Pagano paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 25 points.

Union Local 71, Barnesville 39

MORRISTOWN — Cal Kildow scored 22 points and Ty Kildow added 15 as Union Local routed rival Barnesville.

Cody Ray chipped in with 10 points for the Jets.

Aaron Marovich paced the Shamrocks with 12 points, followed by Luke Powell with 11.

Toronto 56, Oak Glen 53

TORONTO–Ty West dropped in 19 points and Toronto used a strong third quarter to lift the Red Knights (5-1) past Oak Glen.

Lucas Gulczynski finished with 11 points and Nate Karaffa added 10.

Chris Kokoski paced the Golden Bears (2-3) with 13 points, followed by Ethan Travis with 11.

River 66, Shadyside 58

SHADYSIDE — Jordan Doty came off the bench to score 26 points and River bested Shadyside.

Parker Caretti added 17 points for the Pilots (5-1).

Colby Sherwood paced the Tigers (4-3) with 17 points, followed by Austin Carroll (16), Kelly Hendershot (11) and Chase Wade (10).

Martins Ferry 52, Bellaire 47

BELLAIRE — Martins Ferry remained perfect behind senior Darius Ray’s 16 points in a victory against rival Bellaire.

The Purple Riders (4-0) also got solid games from Jack Davis with 14 points and Javon Garriel with 10.

Chase Yoho paced the Big Reds (3-3) with a game-high 20 points. Ty Camsky added 10.

Harrison Central 68, St. Clairsville 60

CADIZ — Jacob Barr poured in a career-high 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as Harrison Central won its first game of the season by drubbing Buckeye 8 foe St. Clairsville inside the John W. Stephenson Center.

Tyler Redish added 13 points for the Huskies (1-3), while Caden Arbaugh and Caden Dalton each added 12.

Matt Greenwood topped the Red Devils (3-2) with 16 points, while Matt Busby had 12. Michael Scarnecchia scored nine points.

Buckeye Local 49, East Liverpool 44

CONNORVILLE — Drake Novak led all scorers with 17 points as Buckeye Local surged past East Liverpool.

Sean Millard added 10 points for the Panthers (4-3), who’ve won two straight.

Robbie Davis scored 15 points for the Potters.